The iconic Raffles Europejski is unquestionably the most prestigious of all historic hotels in Poland. It was first opened in 1857 as a grand neo-Renaissance palace built by Enrico Marconi an Italian architect who greatly influenced Warsaw’s architectural landscape in the 19th century. Ravaged by war and neglected during the decades under the communist rule, it’s impressive interiors were lovingly restored to its former glory to reflect the true spirit of Poland and its historic narrative. Showcased throughout its elegant interiors are 400 works of the very best of Polish modern and contemporary artists, together comprising one of the world’s largest private collections available for public viewing. The hotel re-opened its doors in 2018.
The iconic property is situated centrally in the historic district of Warsaw and across from the Presidential Palace. Its one side overlooking the Royal Route with the other facing Warsaw’s largest square with its eternal flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Saxon Gardens behind it. The Old Town is just 800 meters away with its cobblestone alleys and medieval buildings reconstructed after WWII. At its heart is Rynek Starego Miasta, a busy square lined with shops and upscale Polish eateries. The city’s center lies 4km away and The Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) 12km and can be reached within a 30min drive by car. Private transfers can be arranged through the concierge.
From the moment you step into the 1920’s styled lobby the attention to detail is evident throughout the property. The hotel’s 106 rooms include 24 Junior suites, 6 Signature suites, 6 Grand suites and 2 beautiful, very spacious Corner suites; a Presidential Suite and a Raffles Suite, both of which feature stunning views of the city.
The 40 Raffles Rooms are opulent in size with a double bed, an adjacent private library to rest and work and a spacious wardrobe for extra comfort. It also features a large bathroom and a good size shower, double sinks, and a bath. The top quality amenities are designed by the French brand Blaise Mautin. All furnishings and finishes are luxurious and new, with predominant colors of turquoise and cream in some rooms; warm reds and muted golds in others. The hotel is located in an area partially restricted to traffic so there should be very little outside noise interrupting your rest.
The Deluxe room is also generous in size aiming for a home away from home ambiance. Featuring all of the amenities a modern luxury traveler demands, from a chic Nespresso machine, electronic curtains and underfloor heating in the marble bathroom to a luxuriously comfortable king sized bed. The residential feeling is also due to the decor which seamlessly blends the design and the uniquely Polish heritage. This is evident in the handcrafted furniture, blackened oak or parquet wooden floors and other details such as a curved burl wood bed head. The elegant bathrooms come in shades of grey marble with Warsaw’s landmark, the Palace of Culture, etched into the marble behind the free-standing bath tubs.
The suites at the Raffles Europejski are appointed with equal attention to detail. They are designed with large living rooms and spacious luxurious bedrooms in order to create fitting backdrops for the prestigious Hotel Europejski Art Collection. When it comes to room service, it is quick and the menu choices eclectic, including a few superb Asian options. The flagship Presidential Suite is spread over a magnificent 293 square meters, and hosts a 19th century piano, a reminder of the past recitals and concerts that took place there; a thoughtful nod to the hotel’s rich history.
The hotel offers two distinct dinning venues: The Europejski Grill and The Long Bar. The Grill’s Chef, Benat Alonso delivers a delicious mix of Polish favorites such as beef tartare or Żurek sourdough soup, as well as a selection from the hotel’s old recipes which include char-grilled duck breast with sour apple and cabbage and some internationally enjoyed dishes such as Dover sole with beurre noisette.
The Long Bar, named after the original Long Bar in Raffles Singapore, serves light, fragrant, Asian fare, as well as cocktails from around the world including the new Warsaw addition of gin with gingerbread and quince flavors. For the sweets lovers, the Lourse patisserie, decorated in ivory with brass finishes, offers a good selection of cakes and pastries.
Last but not least the Humidor Lounge is a meeting place for those who savor cigars, pipes, single malts, brandies and more.
The exclusive six-room spa offers a wide range of revitalizing treatments from Sisley and Aromatherapy Associates, and is one of the most beautifully designed havens of tranquility partially thanks to the subtly luxurious 1960’s mosaic by Krystyna Kozłowska called the “Abduction of Europa”. The hotel also provides unlimited access to several saunas, steam rooms and a gym.